If you live in North Carolina you probably have a lot of things going on in your life this time of the year including how to beat the heat and summer travel plans, but if you have a pet you’re probably dealing with flea prevention as well, this time of the year.
Fleas are small insect like animals that pierce skin and siphon blood, from other animals. In particular there’s one particular flea that lives off of the blood of both cats and dogs. They often hide themselves in the host’s fur and can survive days and weeks without any food or nourishment.
Fleas can cause discomfort, including itching and scratching to your dog if infected. Overtime this itching and scratching that can cause serious injury to your dog, leading to hair-loss, inflammation, and other secondary skin infections. Ultimately fleas can also carry tapeworms and other diseases to your dog.
Fleas are often considered external parasites and come from areas of high-humidity areas that are often dry and arid. They are often found in sandy soils, dirt borders, and crawl spaces under houses. They are also known to jump from pet to pet and host to host.
There are often many quick fixes that veterinarians and dog trainers prescribe including flea pills, dog flea sprays, and dog shampoos, but if you really want to get the step ahead of dog prevention this kind of year it’s important to always do the following:
- Remember to check your dogs for fleas on a weekly, sometimes even daily basis.
- Avoid taking tick infested areas including high grass areas and muddy ponds.
- Keep your dog bathed on a regular weekly basis.
- Keep your house clean and regularly run your vacuum.
- Use flea control pills regularly.
These are just a few examples of how you can keep your dog flea free this summer.
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